8 Things You Didn't Know about Pregnancy ...

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8 Things You Didn't Know about Pregnancy ...
8 Things You Didn't Know about Pregnancy ...

There can’t be many things you didn’t know about pregnancy, right? We’ve all seen it on TV. Someone gets that "odd" feeling, pees on a stick, feels scared/stressed/happy/shocked, and then the morning sickness starts. Add in the boob growth, huge bumps, scan excitement and that labor always starts in the middle of the night, causing your husband to completely freak out, and the whole thing is almost scripted, right?! Er – it appears not. Here are the top 8 things you didn’t know about pregnancy…

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1

It’s Sexy – or Isn’t It?!

A recent study on things you didn’t know about pregnancy found that women who had just given birth were unprepared for the libido changes that occur during pregnancy. One minute you feel amazing, with full, glossy hair, big boobs and that amazing pregnancy glow – and the next you feel shattered, and utterly odd. And that’s before you start wondering if sex during pregnancy is a little weird – that adorable baby is far too innocent, surely?! It’s all totally normal – but totally unexpected, too.

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The study also found that it was common for pregnant women to experience a decrease in libido during their pregnancies. This decrease in libido is thought to be due to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as the physical and emotional stress of carrying a baby. Additionally, some women have difficulty finding a comfortable position for intercourse due to their expanding bellies. This can also contribute to a decrease in libido. However, it is important to note that sex during pregnancy is generally considered safe, and can even be beneficial in some cases. It can help to reduce stress levels and promote feelings of intimacy between partners.

2

Baby Names Suck

Okay, so that might seem a little harsh. But life was so much easier when you chose baby names at 12! When you are choosing for real, there is so much to consider. Do you want a modern name, or something more traditional? What goes well with your surname? What names have cousins/sisters/nieces already used? Do your dream initials spell a rude word?! And that’s before you start looking into the meaning of names, or your husband reveals he hates the name you’ve set your heart on. Arrrggghhh!

3

The First Trimester is Scariest

Ask a bunch of childless women when the scariest month of pregnancy is, and they’ll tell you month 9, no question. But it’s actually the first three months that are the most stressful. Morning sickness tends to be worst during this period, which makes life seem a little rubbish, and the higher possibility of miscarriage during those early months can play on your mind too. Everyone wants to hit that 12 week safety time, when you can share your news! Then there are all the tough decisions you have to make. Most genetic testing takes place early, and with all the odds and risks, it can feel crazy. Luckily, after the third month, everything settles down and you can love being pregnant once more.

4

You Are Already a Mom

Months before your baby actually arrives, you’ll be acting like a proper mom. Not only will you start to buckle yourself in and live a little more safely (those protective instincts kick in early!) but you’ll be telling everyone else to do the same, too. You’ll bond with other moms who are dealing with maneuvering a pushchair round a restaurant, or battling a screaming baby in a shop, and you’ll melt a little when you feel every kick.

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The Pain Starts Early

At a baby group last week, I met a woman utterly convinced that something was going wrong. She was totally hysterical, and wouldn’t believe that her aches and pains were normal. In TV-world, pains start at the 9th month exactly, and last an hour or two before a gorgeous baby is born. Here in the real world, your body starts changing early. Aches, pains, sciatica, abdominal pains, ligament pain and struggling walking are all common, as the uterus swells from apple-sized to WOAH-watermelon-sized. Luckily, there are things that can help, so consult your doctor ASAP.

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Your Baby Becomes Your Life

At the start, you won’t want to tell anyone apart from your other half. It’s an exciting secret, and a new journey you are starting together. It’s amazing and scary and absolutely a secret. Then you tell everyone – and it’s all you will talk about. People will ask about the baby before they ask about you, they’ll want to know every name you’ve considered, what gender you want, how you’ve prepared. And when your bump is big enough, strangers will join in too. While it can be great, and some people love to talk baby all the time, plan some time when you can ignore your changing body if you want!

7

You’ll Become OBSESSED with Your Body

Can you imagine writing down the last time you went to the bathroom? Constipation can be a big problem in pregnancy, and hemorrhoids are common too. You’ll also find yourself noting down exactly when your baby kicks, and poking yourself/jumping around/downing Lucozade if baby is ever unexpectedly quiet. And having a complete meltdown when you realize that you’ve eaten something on the banned food lists. Even nightmares are more common in pregnancy. So everyone knew that their body would change, but nobody talks about these changes – and they can be just as crazy as the huge baby bump that’s appearing.

8

You’ll Hulk out at Least Once

Have you seen that scene in Knocked Up, where Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl argue before a scan? I crease up when Seth shouts about how crazy Katherine’s hormones are – and he’s right. Pregnancy is like PMT, but crazier. I don’t know any pregnant woman who hasn’t had serious mood swings, tears, and breakdowns when the shop runs out of milk/you’ve lost your car keys/you’ve just made the best pie ever. And that’s not to mention the Hulk-worthy rages.

Pregnancy is amazing, and everyone looks back with a smile. But when it’s happening, it can be scary, and feel completely wrong. I mean, nobody ever reveals that they couldn’t go to the toilet, or that they hulk-smashed the sofa when told that Tree isn’t a great name. But until we can all have that perfect TV pregnancy, rest assured that all of these are completely normal. Can you think of any other things you didn’t know about pregnancy? I’d love to hear them!

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I am at the end of my 2nd pregnancy, and pretty much everything terrible about being pregnant I have gone through both times now. It's exciting but yet one of the worst things I have gone through. The hulk thing is definitely true though:)

Baby names didnt and will not suck for me because I planned 12 baby names to choose from when I was 17, ( I had this thing where I planned my life until my 40s lol) I already used up one name, so 11 to go we will see next time. I didn't have a problem with my husband because before we we'd I did tell him my way or the high way on the names, I got my way

"Luckily, after the third month, everything settles down and you can love being pregnant once more." yep, that's what everyone keeps telling you. doesn't necessarily have to be true though. personally i'm at the end of month 4 now and still puking my soul out every other day. i know a few women you actually had to deal with morning sickness until the child was born. other than that it kinda sucks how everyone expects you to be super happy 24/7 because hey, you're pregnant! i wish society was more aware of how tough pregnancy can actually be...

I am 19 weeks pregnant right now. I absolutely loved this article. I had no idea how roller coaster my emotions would be, (ie. I left my chihuahua at home to go to the store and i started balling my eyes out. Talk about being overwhelmed). I also did not know how bad the nausea would be. Mine has just now subsided. I was throwing up constantly

Oh I Hulked out alright! I went off on my entire office staff because someone threw away my cold cookies and cream milkshake when I was 8 months pregnant in the middle of JUNE!!

I didn't know that the aches and pains would be worse and happen faster after the first pregnancy. The first was a breeze and the second felt awful for a while.

Had to have a laugh at the hulk like hormones I have defiantly noticed them coming to end of my second pregnancy and dealing with a toddler, also the nesting phase might be totally rational to you but your hubby will never understand just hope he is patient enough to understand why you want to clean the ceiling

I had my first child 5 months ago. I was very lucky to have such an easy pregnancy, I was terrified with delivery, especially the "Ring of Fire." However that moment my daughter was born and placed on my stomach, is a moment that I WILL never forget and very much look forward to that moment again with my next child. My daughter just about came home "Baby girl" choosing a name is extremely hard, they live with that name for the rest of their life!

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